Etymology
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wheeze (v.)

mid-15c., probably from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse hvoesa "to hiss," Danish hvæse cognate with Old English hwæst "act of blowing," hwosan "to cough," from an imitative root. Related: Wheezed; wheezing. The noun is first recorded 1834.

updated on April 07, 2014

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Definitions of wheeze from WordNet
1
wheeze (n.)
breathing with a husky or whistling sound;
wheeze (n.)
(Briticism) a clever or amusing scheme or trick;
a clever wheeze probably succeeded in neutralizing the German espionage threat
2
wheeze (v.)
breathe with difficulty;
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